The Best Of…. Things To Do in DC, Maryland and Virginia for Halloween 2013!
As a child I loved Halloween, as a parent not so much and rarely participated in it. Despite my dislike for this particular day, my children always found a way to participate in the Halloween festivities…by way of their Dad! No harm no foul, my favorite holiday is Christmas anyway 🙂
For those who do like to partake in the festivities here is a list of all things Halloween in DC, Maryland and Virginia! Have a Spook-tacular time
Tips to help keep the little and big kids safe on Halloween
Dates and Hours:
Halloween Haunt – September 27-October 27, 2013.
Fridays, 7 p.m.-Midnight , Saturdays 10:30 a.m.-Midnight, and Sundays 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Planet Spooky and Trick or Treat with the Dinos at Dinosaurs Alive! – New this year! September 28-October 27, 2013, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.
The amusement park features ten mazes, six scare zones and more than 20 thrilling rides. While the attractions of Haunt bring out the scares at night, families and children will enjoy the all-new Planet Snoopy during the day, featuring Halloween family-favorite activities, including a hay maze, pumpkin painting, the chance to get behind the wheel of a pedal tractor, live entertainment and more.
Dates and hours:
October 25-27, 2013 5:30-8:30 p.m
Princesses, mythical creatures, kid-wizards, and other costumed guests are invited to join us at our annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo. There’s no safer or more exciting way for families with children ages 2 to 12 to trick or treat. A ticket is required for all attendees 2 years and older.
Enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with your tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. Take a ride on our Conservation Carousel! Tricks optional.
Dates and hours:
October 30, 2013 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
It’s Baaaaack. Join us at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for a wicked night of fun. With a live band, costume contest, and mind-boggling performance art—including fortune tellers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionist, it is a Halloween party you won’t want to miss.
Find the best pumpkin patches and fall festivals in the DC area, including Maryland and Virginia. Enjoy family-friendly farm activities and enjoy the Halloween and fall harvest season.
Here is a guide to corn mazes in Maryland and Virginia within a short drive from the Washington, DC area. Corn Mazes have become a popular fall activity and are great fun for the whole family.
Stroll through a giant corn maze and work together to find puzzle pieces that will complete your own maze map.
The corn mazes are all located on large farms that offer a variety of fall activities on site.
Take a guided walking tour and hear ghost stories and find out about infamous haunted places such as
Lafayette Square Park, Historic Alexandria or downtown Annapolis. Find ghost tours around the region.
Halloween is not just for kids! The Washington, DC area has some great costume parties for adults (most are for ages 21 and over). So gather your friends and get creative and dress up for a night of fun and frolicking. If you still need a costume check this out –> HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Date: October 29, 2013 – follow link for details
The DC Drag Queen Race is one of the Washington, DC area’s more unique Halloween events. Each year on the Tuesday before Halloween, thousands of spectators flock to Dupont Circle to watch costumed drag queens show off their elaborate outfits and race down 17th Street.
The informal block party lasts a few hours and attracts a diverse crowd.
Halloween parades are a tradition for many communities in the Washington DC area. Children enjoy showing off their costumes and it’s a great photo opportunity for families.
These events are a fun way to get in the spirit of the holiday and to check out the season’s most popular and creative costumes.
I try to attend my hometown Halloween parade every year with my friends…I will miss it this year due to a previous commitment, but if you don’t have anything to do, check out good old Hagerstown, for their Alsatia Mummers Parade! Dress up…everyone else will be!
See a great horror movie and get spooked by werewolves, vampires or axe murderers
Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!